Club America vs. Manchester United: Team News, Preview, Live Stream & TV Info

Paul Ansorge@@utdrantcastFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2015

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, left, looks on as new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Bellevue, Wash. Manchester United is in Seattle for an international friendly soccer match against Mexico's Club America to be played on Friday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

The excitement is building as Manchester United prepare to kick off their International Champions Cup campaign against Club America. It will be the first match of a four-game tour which will also see the Red Devils play San Jose Earthquakes, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

The game takes place at the home of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders, CenturyLink Field.

Louis van Gaal's men will be looking to start their pre-season on a high. While their form during their victorious 2014 ICC campaign was not translated into the start of the Premier League season, they will still be looking to impress.

After all, there are plenty of players playing for a place in the manager's thoughts given their recent squad strengthening.

For Club America, Ignacio Ambriz's men will be looking forward to taking on one of Europe's elite clubs, given their status as the most successful team in Mexico's history.

 

Date: Friday 17 July 2015 (USA) / Saturday 18 July (UK)

Time: 8.05 p.m. PDT / 4.05 a.m. BST

Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

TV Info:  MUTV (UK Only)/Fox Sports 1 (U.S. Only), ESPN Deportes (Spanish Language, U.S. Only)

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go (U.S. only)

 

Team News

Manchester United's starting XI is tough to predict, given Van Gaal is likely to include some youngsters in the side. As far as we know, everyone selected for the tour will be available to play. That, of course, will not include Victor Valdes, who was excluded from the touring squad. Michael Carrick is over his late-season ankle injury, according to the club's official website.

Club America are already a couple of games deep in their ICC campaign, having lost their opener against LA Galaxy, but should be on a high after seeing off San Jose. Dario Benedetto left the 'Quakes game with his left foot in a protective boot so is presumably a doubt for this one.

 

Players to Watch 

United eyes will be firmly fixed on the new men, particular superstar signing Bastian Schweinsteiger. Van Gaal told ManUtd.com that his players would most likely see a maximum of 60 minutes of action—and more likely 45—in the first two ICC games. There will thus most likely be a chance to see all four new arrivals. Memphis Depay's attacking talents will be eagerly anticipated. 

For America, the game against the 'Quakes saw a stunning strike from Andres Andrade saw him voted Man of the Match. He will be keen to maintain his form.

 

Key Battle

With United likely to show up with a pretty different XI in each half, the key battles will be hard to predict. But as B/R's Daniel Tiluk reported ahead of their previous game, America are blessed with plenty of pace, and United will have to do well to contain their counter-attacking ability. Of course, being pre-season, the result is not at a premium for United, but players will be playing to impress their manager. 

This is particularly relevant given his very public comments about a player not prepared to do things his way earlier this week. 

One of United's key battles here is, of course, the battle against any pre-season knocks. The squad suffered a few key injuries in 2014's ICC, which had a knock-on effect on the league season. Van Gaal will be keen to avoid that outcome.

 

Bleacher Report is Official Media Partner of the International Champions Cup North America.

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